smart growth

MassDOT charts course for a sustainable transportation system

By Chris McCahill In 2010, the Massachusetts DOT announced its GreenDOT initiative, which focuses on three main goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting healthy transportation options, and encouraging smart growth development throughout the state. Early on the program manifested itself

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (EPA, 2013)

The EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program offers this comprehensive review on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. It provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and

Land Use and Traffic Congestion (AZ Department of Transportation Research Center, 2012)

A first-ever analysis of land-use and transportation demand in Arizona contradicts fears that compact, “smart growth” development, while beneficial in moderating demand, will increase localized congestion. The report, produced for Arizona DOT in March, also suggests that traditional travel

CT paper cites PlanMaryland as good example

The Hartford Courant would like to see Connecticut adopt some of the smart growth policies that are in the new Maryland plan before it is too late. They see the update of the 1990s Maryland planning process as coming just in time. “As reported in The Atlantic Magazine, land development in

Shining a light: New York City’s new zoning handbook

In releasing a new zoning handbook, New York City’s Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden, extolled its virtues: “Zoning is the language of the city, it is a three-dimensional blueprint for what any area of the city can become. After City Planning released the Zoning Handbook in 2005, I was